half life Android Wear

Technology has come a long way in the past decade or so but there are still limitations, as Dave Bennett found out while trying to run Half-Life on his first generation LG G Watch. While the beloved game surprisingly actually boots up and runs, it’s not exactly the sort of experience that will keep you entertained on the bus ride home.

Aside from trying to control the game with your finger covering the entire 1.65-inch screen, the frame rate is also apparently rather hit and miss. It can range anywhere from a moderately smooth 30fps to a 2fps slide show. The game is also prone to crashing, but that shouldn’t be surprising. There’s only so much that can be accomplished with a low power Snapdragon 400 SoC and 512MB of RAM.

To get the game up and running, Bennett makes use of the SDLash app, which can be used to emulate old titles that run on Valve’s Source Engine. If you want to try it out for yourself, just following the steps in the source link.

While this is not really a viable way to replay a classic, getting Half-Life to run on Android Wear at all seems like an accomplishment in itself.